Westport

  • There were delays today on both the 7.35am Heuston to Westport service and the 9.45am Westport to Hesuton service.

    This was as a result of a motorist driving through a barrier on the Castlerea to Ballyhaunis line.

    No one was injured in the incident.

    However, there was significant delay as repairs had to be carried out to the barrier.

    Full service has since resumed.

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    A demonstration will take place at The Fairgreen in Westport on Saturday afternoon, as part of a nationwide rally against the Cervical Check scandal.

    The demonstrations are being organised by the Standing4Women campaign, and will take place at 2pm Saturday in 26 counties across the country.

    The organisers are calling for the new Patient Safety Bill, which will provide for mandatory open disclosure, to be enacted without any further delays.

    It's understood the Health Minister Simon Harris is to bring the Bill before the Cabinet later this week, but it's unsure if it can be introduced before the Summer recess.

    It emerged in April that an audit of smear tests showed 209 women with cervical cancer would have benefited from earlier treatment.

    Tara Bleeks is regional organiser of Standing4Women, says Saturday's demonstration in Westport is the second of its kind, to show support for the women involved and their families...

  • A demonstration will take place at The Fairgreen in Westport at 2pm this afternoon  (Saturday), as part of a nationwide rally following the Cervical Check scandal.

    The demonstrations are being organised by the Standing4Women campaign, and will take place at 2pm in 26 counties across the country.

    The organisers are calling for the new Patient Safety Bill, which will provide for mandatory open disclosure, to be enacted without any further delays.

    It emerged in April that an audit of smear tests showed 209 women with cervical cancer would have benefited from earlier treatment.

    Tara Bleeks is regional organiser of Standing4Women, and says today's demonstration in Westport is the second of its kind in Mayo, to show support for the women involved and their families.

  • Gardaí are advising that diversions will be in place on the main N84 Westport to Ballinrobe road this afternoon due to a large funeral in the Townland of Ballinvoy.

    The diversions will come into effect shortly before 4pm and will remain in place until 8pm.

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    A new Educate Together school in Westport is to open next year.

    The Department of Education & Skills has given sanction for the Westport Educate Together School to open in September 2019.

    It follows a local campaign for an Educate Together school in the town.

    A spokesperson for Educate Together says talks are at an advanced stage in relation to the location of the school, and the principal recruitment process will commence soon.

    Educate Together currently runs 84 primary schools around the country including two in Mayo - in Newtownwhite and Castlebar.

     

     

  • Too high a price is being paid by Westport for success in Tidy Towns, if it means that the local GAA club cannot erect a banner this week to wish 6 members of their club, good luck as members of the Mayo U20 all Ireland Football squad. That was the view expressed by the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District yesterday.

    The Mayo U 20 side take on Kildare in the All Ireland final in Croke Park this Sunday and Westport councillors are adamant that having 6 members of the county’s All Ireland squad from the Westport GAA club is a remarkable achievement and should be honoured. The club want to erect a banner in the town wishing the best of luck to the 6 young men, but Mayo county council executive say it can’t be done, as there is an agreement in place to erect a banner at just one location in the town, and that spot was already booked by another club this week.

     The Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy asked that an additional location for the erection of a banner be allowed at the top of Bridge street, due to the occasion, but that request was denied.

    Council official Padraig Walsh outlined to councillors that judging in the national Tidy Towns competition is taking place at this time, and it would not be appropriate to locate a banner in a separate location.

    He said the authority had suggested both clubs could share the one location where a banner is allowed, but that had not happened.

    The Cathaoirleach cllr Mulroy said he was disappointed and frustrated with the response.

  • Tributes are being paid to former Mayor of Westport Ollie Gannon, who has passed away following an illness.

    Mr Gannon, from St Patrick's Terrace, Westport was a Fine Gael member of the former Westport Town Council for 15 years and served as Mayor on a number of occasions.

    He was a former employee of Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and was a lifelong member of Westport United where he was a player, coach, committee member and former Chairman.

    Ollie Gannon is survived by his mother, brothers and extended family.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has expressed sympathy to the Gannon family following Ollie's death, and says Westport has lost a man who had tremendous community spirit, who served on the Westport Town Council until its abolition in 2014, and was an avid soccer supporter.

    Minister Ring said Ollie Gannon was a loyal and personal friend of his all his life, and a friend to the entire community in Westport.

    Westport-based FG Councillor Tereasa McGuire has also paid  tribute to her former colleague, and says the people of Westport are saddened at news of his passing.

    Ollie's remains will repose at Navin's Funeral Home, Westport on Saturday evening from 5pm with removal to St Mary's Church, Westport at 7pm.

    Ollie will be laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery on Sunday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.

     

     

  • Four men in their twenties have been arrested after a fight broke out last night on the Westport to Dublin Train.

    The incident happened after the 5.45pm service stopped at Tullamore.

    Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins in County Kildare.

    Two of the men have been charged with public order offences and released on bail, while another two remain in custody and are due to appear tomorrow at Naas District Court.

    At least one person was injured, however a Garda spokesperson says there was no stabbing incident despite reports that a knife had been spotted at the scene.

  • Gardai are at the scene of a three vehicle collision this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road close to Westport.

    There are no indications yet if anyone has been injured in the incident but Gardai are at the scene.

    The road is not closed to traffic but there are long delays this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road as a result.

  • Gardai are examining CCTV footage following a fire at the Convent grounds in Westport on Saturday evening.

    The fire occurred in the Summer House on the convent site, which is owned by Mayo County Council.

    The fire services responded and brought the situation under control.

    Mayo County Council have CCTV systems in place at the property, and say Gardai are viewing the CCTV images as part of their investigation into the incident.

     

     

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    Gardai in Westport recovered in excess of 3,000 euro in stolen property yesterday following a planned search of a house in the area.

    Two people, a male and a female were both arrested after the house was searched and were detained and questioned at Westport garda station. They were subsequently charged with a number of break-ins each.

    They are being held in custody to appear before a sitting of Ballina court this morning.

    In follow up searches yesterday gardai recovered in excess of 3,000 euro of stolen property.

  • Gardai in Westport are warning of phone scams being reported in the past number of days again.

    One particular man reported getting a call from a person purporting to be from Eircom. They alleged the homeowner’s internet was slow and they wanted to gain access to their laptop to carry out upgrade work. They asked the man to download an app called –TeamViewer and to give him their access code, which the man did.

    Through the app the caller gained access to the laptop. They also gave the man a case number, officers name and batch ID, as well as a Dublin number to contact.

    When Gardai contacted the number - 01-4428620 – a caller answered and claimed to be from the National Crime Agency.

    Gardai are warning people to never give out any of their details over the phone in this manner, as these companies will not ask for details like this over the phone.  

     

  • Gardaí in Westport are investigating a robbery over the weekend at the premises of Westport United.

    All of its pitch maintenance equipment – including a powerful lawnmower - and other equipment and gear was stolen at the weekend in what represents a significant loss to the club.

    The equipment was taken sometime between Friday night and this morning.

    There a was a small, open bodied, truck with a crane attached also taken from the nearby industrial estate.

    The registration number of the stolen truck is 12 MO 3679.

    Gardai at Westport are appealing for anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity over the weekend in the Golf Course Road area to contact them at 098-25555.

  • Gardai in Westport are seeking assistance from the public in tracing a missing teenager.

    16-year old Elaine Sweeney has been missing from Westport since last Wednesday - she was last seen leaving her home at 8am that morning.

    Elaine is described as 5' 2" in height, of slight build with long brown hair and brown eyes.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Westport Gardai at 098 - 50230 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 - 666-111.

     

  • A Westport Councillor claims the process of getting grant aid to fund local CCTV systems is too complicated, and is leading to a poor take-up of the grants available.

    The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council, where councillors were informed that a grant of 60% of the capital cost of a CCTV system is available, up to a maxaimum grant of €40,000 - but the take-up of the scheme is in single figures.

    Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland says there are a number of hoops to jump through, before qualifying for this grant.

    Councillor Hyland says the CCTV system in Westport has now been completed, at a cost of €70,000.

    He told Midwest News that the final phase of the scheme is now completed, with 18 cameras in 7 locations throughout the town, which is proving very useful for local Gardai....

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    The closing date for the Business with Irish Awards 2018 is fast approaching and ahead of the deadline, we chatted to Suzanne Kilkenny of the renowned Guna Nua Boutique who told us how she integrates Irish into her business day and why the Business with Irish Awards meant so much to her enterprise.

    Gnó Mhaigh Eo is now accepting applications for the Business with Irish Awards 2018. Do you know a business who uses the Irish Language or would like to develop an Irish Language plan? Why not nominate them for a Business with Irish Award 2018.

     

    Tá Gnó Mhaigh Eo ag glacadh le hiarratais le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. An bhfuil aithne agat ar ghnólacht a bhfuil Gaeilge in úsáid acu nó atá ag iarraidh plean Gaeilge a fhorbairt linn? Is féidir iad a ainmniú le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. 

    Seo iad catagóirí na ngradam | These are the award categories:

    • Comharthaíocht | Signage
    • Seirbhís Ghnó | Irish Language Service
    • Ábhair Ghnó | Business Materials
    • Brandáil | Branding

    You can enter now, or nominate a business by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/2BRdfOd

  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.

     

     

     

     

  • Westport’s Harry Hughes is in Monaco for the 18th EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    Mr Hughes of Portwest won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland and will be among winners representing 46 countries to compete for the world title and enter the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame.

    Mr Hughes arrived on Tuesday for the four day event to build up to the overall ceremony.

    The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday evening.

  • IFA will hold its National Hill Sheep Forum on Monday in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport.

    The forum will commence with a visit to the hill sheep farm of Joe Skehill in Sandfield, Westport at 4.30pm.

    The forum will then move to the Castlecourt Hotel where Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will officially open the event at 6.30pm.

    A number of speakers will address the forum, including IFA President Joe Healy and representatives from Bord Bia, Kildare Chilling and the IFA Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy.

    There will also be a discussion forum on the CAP Budget and ANC payments.

  • Increase the daily car parking charges in the car parks in Westport, and increase the hourly rate for parking to 1 euro for the first hour and 50 cents after that, and the deficit of 355,000 euro that the municipal district agreed to in the 2018 budget would be restored.

     That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire. She made the proposal at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District.

    The refusal by West Mayo councillors to introduce pay and display street car parking charges in the town, caused controversy at the Ballina Municipal District meeting last week. Councillors in Ballina were told that the payment of grants to voluntary groups across the county, under GMA funding is on hold, until the local authority can make up a 400,000 euro deficit that was to be collected through the introduction of additional Pay and Display street carparking charges, as agreed in the 2018 budget.

    Ballina councillors say it is unfair that voluntary groups in Ballina are now paying the price for Westport failing to introduce what was agreed.

    Councillor McGuire told Midwest News today her proposal, if adopted, could resolve the financial issue.